The Who Launching World Tour, Hoping for New Album

Band turning 50 this year, hitting the road "in good shape."

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Rock icons the Who are set to embark on a tour later this year to celebrate a major milestone - 50 years of work.

The group will kick off the trek in the UK around Christmas and then head over to North America in 2015. The guys might also present fresh material out in the near future.

"I'm not crazy about going on the road, but I'm in good shape and once I start doing it - and I'm still very good at it - I'll take some pleasure from it," guitarist Pete Townshend told Billboard.

When it comes to new music, Pete didn't mention hundreds of riffs like some of his metal colleagues, but thousands of hours of unreleased material. "I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs]," he said.

"I'll be pulling some songs out of [his long-gestating project] 'Floss' to give to Roger [Daltrey] to see if we've got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album," Townshend noted.

Although the Who are officially turning 50 this year, Pete, singer Roger Daltrey and late bassist John Entwistle initially got together and started jamming in the Detours way back in 1961.

"I was ready for the 50th, but it happens when everything else is changing. I'll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying. I knew it would happen. I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy. It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of," the guitarist concluded.

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    I'd still gladly go to one of their concerts. Hell, Daltrey and Townshend are in their 70s and both can still put on a great live show. Gotta say though, they aren't the same without Entwistle. Got to see them in 2002, months before his death, and he was so full of energy. But oh well, life goes on.
    "When it comes to new music, Pete didn't mention hundreds of riffs like some of his metal colleagues.." OH COME ON
    saw them a few years back at the first virgin mobile fest and they were awesome, granted they are the who but the show they put on was amazing I can't imagine what it would have been like seeing them back in the day
    Last time I saw The Who, with all the respect as I like this band, Daltrey could barely pull off the show and it was an small gig with like 5 songs, just 2 songs into it and he was already running out of air. It was a concert for Katrina hurricane victims or something like that I don't remember but it was some charity concert. I haven't seen them performing live since then, but I hope Daltrey is better now.
    retire already!!!!!I'm so sick of classic rock worship every time I hear these losers or the stones or zep it makes me want to chuck a nun down a flight of stars